» Archive for March, 2014

31Mar Used Gear Watch: Audio Technica 4073 shotgun mic

One of my favorite boom microphones, the Audio Technica 4073 is often overlooked by filmmakers. It’s popularity in ENG work has made it so common that you can usually get it for a good price on the used market. New, the Audio Technica 4073 will set you back around $700, but right now there’s a […]

31Mar DFN Mail bag Episode 3 – DSLR FILM NOOB

Questions: I just watched your video. Why do you use A Y splitter on the Tascam DR-60d? Is there any advantage to using an XLR audio adapter over something like the Tascam DR-60d? Which audio recorder/preamp/etc would you normally and routinely use for video shooting? What exactly is the crotch bar? Be sure to leave […]

30Mar Watson Duo LCD Charger sale on $39

It might not have the battery plates you want but B&H has the Watson Duo LCD charger on sale for $39 with free shipping. That saves you $30 over the normal price and you can pick up replacement battery plates for just $1.99 a piece here. Even after adding a few battery plates to your […]

29Mar Aputure Courage video contest

Aputure is hosting a video contest if you guys are interested. They are asking for a 1 minute creative video with the theme “Courage”. Videos need to be uploaded to youtube and tagged with 2014aputurevideo. Aputure professional team will select the top 10 finalists from all submissions. This is a voting competition so tell your friends to watch […]

28Mar Azden FMX vs Beachtek DXA vs Juicedlink RM333 vs Tascam DR-60d test and comparison video

As promised, here’s a comparison between the Azden FMX-DSLR, Beachtek DXA-SLR, Juicedlink RM333 Riggy, and the Tascam DR-60d. If you’d like to skip the closeup look at the 3 audio adapters and go right to the audio tests, they start at 5:30 in the video. No matter which XLR audio adapter you choose, they will […]

28Mar Tascam DR-60d powered by a USB battery pack

This question actually came from Ray Ortega on Twitter. He wanted to know if you could run the Tascam DR-60d on an external USB power pack. I hadn’t really thought about it, so I decided to give it a try. When you hook up the USB power pack to the DR-60d and power it on, […]

27Mar 3 cold shoe mounting adapter

This 3 cold shoe adapter seems a little over priced at $20, but it does feel nice and solid. I grabbed a few of these awhile back and they’ve been working out ok, but I’ve noticed you can now pick up a thinner looking version for $9.99 with free shipping on amazon. I’ve got one […]

27Mar Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 lens – First Impressions

I just got my hands on the Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 lens and shot this quick hands on video. The Design feels pretty solid and I think there might actually be more metal on the Olympus than the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8. Build quality is top notch. I know there was a pretty strong divide between a number of you […]

26Mar New 1280×800 DIY field monitor project?

I was doing a little ebay scouting this morning and came across these very interesting 1280×800 project monitor kits. For under $100 you get a 5.6 inch 1280×800 display, driver board, and controls. Basically, you find a box to put it in and a 12 volt power source and you have yourself a sub $100 field […]

26Mar IOGEAR Smartlink USB to USB adapter

The IOGEAR Smartlink USB to USB adapter set me back $14, and it’s a pretty simple tool for transferring files back and forth between a Mac and PC. Transfer speeds are limited to USB 2.0 restrictions which isn’t horrible and there isn’t any max file size problems like fat32 formatted drives which makes it pretty […]